The Art of Sprouting

April 30, 2012 § 4 Comments

Alfalfa Sprout Harvest in Studio, Spring 2012

Artists need joie de vivre in whatever form it takes.  So, this week I thought I would share one such life pursuit of my own, The Art of the Sprout.  Sprouting food from seed can be a healthy, radical way to supplement your family’s diet as well as an economically savvy practice.

I don’t believe the exhausted cliche that good art comes from a manic lifestyle.  In my experience, the more balanced and enriched your life becomes, the better the art you will make.  By regularly practicing positive activities, I believe that artists can replenish the inner wellspring that feeds their artwork.

Alfalfa sprouts are a super food filled with nutrients and vitamins!

Alfalfa sprouts are crazy nutritious edibles.

They contain calcium, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, zinc, as well as Vitamins A, B complex, B12, C, E and K.

Some other favorite sprouts grown in our home include green lentils, adzuki and mung beans, clover and broccoli, and the occasional batch of spicy radish seeds.

For more nutrition info go here, or to learn how to grow your own sprouts, go here!

The Plant Slayer makes an appearance at the Sprout Harvest photo shoot.

Pictured above, The Grim Reaper of Houseplants also known as The Plant Slayer also known as our cat Little Nova, graces us with her presence only to lick her chops as a reminder that she alone decides which plants shall live and which shall die.  Thankfully sprouts are grown in glass jars.

By putting your sprouts in indirect sunlight, you can promote chlorophyll production, which is good for cleansing the blood.

Complementing our kitchen grown sprouts, we currently have a small urban garden with bell peppers, jalapenos, basil, cherry tomatoes, spinach and lettuce plants.  As we live in an apartment here in Portland, OR our garden is growing in clay pots on our porch.

Thanks for reading, and happy sprouting!

To see more of my artwork, please visit MikeSchultzPaintings.com.

 

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§ 4 Responses to The Art of Sprouting

  • jackbaumgartner says:

    The sprouts look nice, Mikey. Thank you, too, for a little glimpse into the studio.

    • Mike Schultz Paintings says:

      Thanks, Jack. I’ve been wanting to tie in some of my life pursuits into this blog for a long while now, and was moved to finally do so after you wrote about all of the new life on your farm.

  • Brenda Cavanaugh says:

    Mmmmmmm. It looks really yummy. When I was a kid I used to eat a bowl full of sprouts covered in French dressing. ;) Stopping in Jersey on your way back to Thailand?

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